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Traditions

Visit the links below to learn more about some of Pepperdine's athletic success and traditions.

Since making the move to Malibu in 1972, Pepperdine University's intercollegiate athletics program has carved out a unique niche that is perhaps unmatched by its NCAA Division I counterparts.

No school with an undergraduate enrollment the size of Pepperdine's has achieved such across-the-board athletics success during the past 30-plus years.

Here are some key pieces of information to know about Pepperdine Athletics:

    • Pepperdine has won NCAA Division I team championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 16 schools to accomplish this feat -- and nine overall.

    • Of that elite group, Pepperdine is the only school not affiliated with a "major" conference and is by far the smallest in terms of enrollment.

    • Pepperdine has won a total of 23 team or individual national championships.

    • Pepperdine is classified as an NCAA Division I-AAA school (Division I schools that do not sponsor football), and the Waves are one of the very best of their kind. Since the I-AAA Athletic Director's Association All-Sports Trophy was established, ranking the various schools on their postseason success, Pepperdine has finished first three times (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2011-12), second once (2007-08) and third once (2006-07).

    • In the annual NACDA Director's Cup standings, which measures overall postseason success, Pepperdine recently finished first among all of its West Coast Conference rivals for 13 straight years (1997-2009).

    • 48 alums have either competed or coached at the Olympics, and athletes have won a total of seven gold medals, eight silver medals and three bronze medals.

    • Entering the 2013-14 school year, Pepperdine has won 185 conference titles all-time and has had 273 student-athletes earn All-American honors.

    • In the 2013 NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which takes into account postseason success, academic rankings and student-athlete graduation rates, the Waves ranked second among Division I schools on the West Coast, 25th among all Division I schools and 42nd on the overall list that also includes Division II and III schools.

    • In the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report (released October 2013), Pepperdine’s overall mark of 93 percent was much better than the national average of 81 percent and tied for third among the 24 Division I schools in California.

    • In that GSR report, 10 of the Waves’ 14 programs had averages better than the national rate for their sports. Nine teams (baseball, men's cross country/track, women's cross country/track, men's golf, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's volleyball, women's volleyball) earned perfect scores of 100 percent.'

    • As a result of the continued sucess by Pepperdine Athletics, a number of former stars have gone on to enjoy outstanding and successful professional or amateur careers in many sports, including baseball (Dan Haren, Mike Scott), men's basketball (Doug Christie, Dennis Johnson), women's basketball (Jennifer Lacy), men's golf (Michael Putnam, Jeff Gove), women's golf (Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright), men's tennis (Brad Gilbert), men's volleyball (Bob Ctvrtlik, Sean Rooney) and men's water polo (Merrill Moses, Terry Schroeder), to name just a few.

 

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